Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. This album is well-crafted and smart.
  2. Stone remains impressive as a vocalist, an old-school soul with an understated delivery that's more hushed than histrionic.
  3. The Art of Love and War, on the re-launched Stax label, is as full-bodied an affair as this old-school-leaning, incessantly self-exploring diva has delivered.
  4. The album is filled with lush, suavely undulating ballads that have Ms. Stone cooing quietly and intimately.
  5. Even though she doesn't get the same kind of attention as some of her peers do, Angie Stone is a supreme talent, and this album really shows it.
  6. The strength of the album rests not on one aspect. From the dense lyrics spanning a wealth of topics to the perfect production, The Art of Love & War proves that Stone isn't going anywhere.
  7. That mood of indulgence also leads to a surfeit of mellifluous vocals, syrupy beats and billowing, sugary melodies that makes the album cloy.
  8. The Art of Love & War marks yet another solid entry into the musical canon of an under appreciated vocalist.
  9. 40
    Stone pens 14 of the 15 songs and has clearly overstretched herself; the material is bland and only on sublime, transcendental 'Baby,'featuring Betty Wright and a cappella showcase 'Go Back To Your Life' do we hear the Angie of old. [Nov 2007, p.96]
  10. 40
    This conservative collection feels more like musical air freshener than any kind of statement. [Dec 2007, p.104]
  11. Her music is much the same as on her 1999 debut "Black Diamond," dulled by a surplus of smooth, bass-heavy slow jams. [Dec 2007, p.124]
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  1. DonC.
    Jan 20, 2008
    The CD is so much more then the seen critics are making it out to be. With her slightly different sound and the real meaning of the lyrics, it is a powerful cd. Full Review »